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Agri-business for Trade Competitiveness Project (ATC-P), branded as Katalyst, is a market development project that aims to contribute to increased income for poor men and women in rural areas. It does so by increasing the competitiveness of farmers and small enterprises by facilitating changes in services, inputs and product markets.

Katalyst’s approach is based on the premise that enhanced private and public sector business services, and an improved enabling environment, lead to more competitive enterprises, sustainable economic growth, and poverty reduction. Katalyst is co-funded by the UK Government, SDC, and Danida and implemented by Swisscontact under the umbrella of the Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh.

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The land used for maize cultivation in Bangladesh in 2011-12 was about 165,500 hectares, resulting in a total maize production …

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Vegetable in particular plays an important role in the overall economic development of Bangladesh. Given Bangladesh’s rapid population growth rate …

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Farmed Fish


The demand for fish in Bangladesh has been increasing over the last decade due to both population and economic growth. …

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Information Channels


The term Information channels refers- the means by which people access information that includes both ICT based channels and services, …

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Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE)


Women are taken as an essential part of Bangladesh labour force where the participation of women increased significantly from 16% …

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Local Agri-business Network (LAN)


Local Agri-business Network (LAN) works across the Katalyst portfolio to address weaknesses in agricultural extension service delivery. Overburdened and under-resourced …

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